Thomas Dolbyâ€™s classic still goes down a storm 30/07/08
Hard to believe I know, unless of course you were still the proverbial twinkle in your parents eye, but itâ€™s 26 years - give or take a day, since Thomas Dolbyâ€™s Windpower was released.
Celebrated on the Dolby blog, he says:
"It reached #31 in the UK charts, and not long afterwards I performed it on Top Of The Pops. I think the teen audience (and Sylvian-esque DJ Kid Jensen) must have been very confused! Most of them must be in their 40â€™s by now. After all, it took quite a few years for renewable energy to catch on, didnâ€™t it?"
Only number 31 in the charts?!? How can this be? One must assume that there was some quality competition â€“ well if you rate "DADADA" by Trio, "Shy Boy" by Bananarama, and Bratâ€™s timeless classic "Chalk Dust - The Umpire Strikes Back" (no, Iâ€™ve never heard of it either), then I guess poor Thom had no chance.
Actually, there were a surprising number of quality contenders - Yazoo "Donâ€™t Go", Sakamoto and Sylvianâ€™s "Bamboo Houses" (one of my all time electronica faves) and Donna Summerâ€™s "Love Is In Control" were all out around that time too.
So, enjoy the video of Thomas performing on the UK's favourite chart show Top of The Pops (now discontinued).